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Envisioned by its founder as a "Christian equivalent of the Ivy League," Patrick Henry College positions itself as a training ground for God's cultural soldiers to take on the secular mainstream; at the seven-year-old Virginia school for evangelicals, religion and political journalist Rosin reports, girls are warned by e-mail if their bra strap is showing, dating requires parental permission and students fast forward through sex scenes in movies. Though they might seem out of touch, students here are as ambitious as any Ivy Leaguers, interning in the White House and Hollywood, volunteering on political campaigns and doggedly pursuing studies like baraminology (creationist biology). Having spent a year and a half immersed in the campus culture, Rosin weaves a deft and honest narrative of evangelical education, combining historical background (the roots of evangelism, the story of founder Michael Farris), close observation and skeptical wit. Among other students and faculty, Rosin introduces Derek, the fresh-faced, idealistic political volunteer; and Farahn, who gave up dancing for the Lord. Making it clear that the American evangelical population is growing in political and cultural influence, Rosin provides an illuminating, accessible guide to the beliefs, aspirations and ongoing challenges of its next generation.
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Patrick Henry College, just outside the nation's capital, is a small school preparing Christian Fundamentalist youth to become the elite of the future, permeating politics and American culture to change what they see as an ungodly nation. Washington Post reporter Rosin spent a year and a half among the faithful, watching the efforts of school founder Michael Farris to mold the next generation of evangelicals. She follows the lives of students, nearly all of them previously homeschooled, as they cope with college life, the world of Washington politics, and questions about their faith and their futures. Farahn, a ballet dancer, is an attractive, somewhat cynical misfit, who struggles through the year. Daniel Noa is trying to reconcile his conservative persona at school with the greater tolerance of his hometown of Hollywood, where growing numbers of Christian filmmakers are making their mark. Elisa is a bright, earnest young woman, chafing at the expectations that she will curb her ambitions and devote herself to a future husband and children. A captivating look at struggles within the conservative movement. Bush, Vanessa --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
On the death of children's author, Jan Berenstain, Hanna Rosin wrote in Slate magazine, “The world today brings news that Jan Berenstain, co-author with her husband Stan, of the 45... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Book Fan
Boring and poorly written. Too many words and too much jumping back and forth, a device that I really dislike.
I expected more. Read more
I was fascinated by the depth of the faith these young people had and their determination to believe in all they had been taught without regards to the reality of politics and the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Adele RIEPE
When the book focuses on the college, its students/faculty, and their families, allowing them to tell their own stories, it is very engaging. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by MW
Rosin's recent book THE END OF MEN (2012) prompted me to order this book through Amazon. God's Harvard (2007) is a fast read, informative, and well-written. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by James H. Nelson
Hanna Rosin wrote an informative book about the inner workings of Patrick Henry College. This educational institution was founded by a man named Michael Farris. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Battleship
Interesting, thorough work on Patrick Henry College and its students; would have benefited from some longer-term follow-up with older students, to see how their views have... Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by bottomofthe9th
My congratulations to Ms. Rosin for an important and engrossing book about Patrick Henry College, and more generally, a snapshot of evangelicalism in America. Read morePublished on December 23, 2008 by Edward P. Mahaney-walter
I loved this book from cover to cover. It was exceptionally well-researched and well-written. The author did what few have managed: She got behind the scenes of self-righteous,... Read morePublished on September 26, 2008 by Orlando Reader